Sunday, June 13, 2010

Early Summer Garden Checkup

So far so good. My Romaine and Lollo Rosso are doing great despite the heat and humidity. The Broccolini is growing well and hasn't shown any signs of bolting. I will post tomato pics soon as I am almost done with my brand new bamboo staking method. Stay tuned.


  1. Ciao Timoti,
    I have a question you might help me answer. The other day I was visiting a beautiful vegetable garden which is part of an environmental development space in a children's play area, and I came across a plant that looked like basil, but it was PURPLE. Is it basil? And if so, is it man made or does it actually exists in nature? Next to it were a couple other different basil varieties, including the teeny-leaved on from Liguria–said to be the best kind for pesto–so I'm assuming the purple one is part of the "family" too. I'd be curious to know your thoughts.

    Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino

  2. Tim,

    What's the spikey leaved plant - cardoon?


    Could be orach - Depends how it smelled.

  3. Mal the spikey leaved plant is Artichoke.

    And Eleonora the tiny leaved basil you mention I think is called Basil Pistou. The dark purple basil you saw is called Opal Basil. I have some opal growing right now I'll take some pics for you. It smells like basil just with licorice hints.

  4. Thanks Tim. Hope you've got plenty of room to devote to the Artichokes!

    I got a bit over excited by some orach that turned up out of the blue on my plot amongst the peas. You did say it was a Basil family member, El!